Monday, June 27, 2016

Stella - a new Mouse in the House!!

Summer is upon us once again.  The gardens are filled with a rainbow of color with day lilies and coneflowers and brown-eyed susans.  A pair of Carolina Wrens are building a nest just outside the kitchen window and their songs wake us in the morning and entertain us the entire day.  Such a beautiful time of year.

Today I am pleased to introduce you to Stella - the latest in my Baseboard Mice series.  Stella has a fondness for country music and barbecue.  She comes from “Music City” Nashville where she enjoys Saturday nights at the Grand Ole Opry.

Stella
Stella - and the other "adoptable" baseboard mice still available - can be found on their very own website - www.baseboardmice.com.  It's hard to believe, but Stella is #70 in my series and there are only about 10 mice left to be "adopted"!  Looks like I need to get busy creating more mice!  

Thanks so much to all of you who have "adopted" mice and supported my art!!

And thanks for stopping by....

susan

www.baseboardmice.com
www.susangarriques.com

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sneaking a peek......

The mice have been hibernating ever since the weather got cold.  But just the other day, I caught one peeking out of their little hole in the baseboard.  I managed to snap a photo of her and chat with her a bit before she scurried away.

Her name is Tessa.  Tessa loves to nibble on cheese scones, especially if they are spiked with jalapeño peppers.  Her favorites are made by Susan of Maples in Micaville, NC.  Tessa makes her own Cheddar-Jalapeño Scones and shared her recipe with me.  I'll include it below.

This is Tessa....  (she is available for adoption, if you are interested!)

Tessa


Tessa explained to me that it was her friend, Mica, that introduced her to the delicious scones at Maples.

This is Mica...

Mica

Mica was named for the mica found in the mines near where he comes from - Micaville, North Carolina.  He was spotted recently in the loft of OOAK Gallery listening to the Saturday morning music jam.  If you are in the area, you really must stop in.  Great art, great music and delicious treats next door at Maples.  Mica was adopted a few months ago and has a wonderful home now with lots of music.  

As promised, here is Tessa's recipe for her scones.  She doesn't think they are as good as the ones that Susan Scoggins makes at Maples, but they are good substitute if you can't make it to Micaville!  


Tessa's Cheddar-Jalapeño Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 eggs, divided
1/4 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, diced
2 small jalapeños pepper, minced

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a small skillet, melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter and sauté the jalapeños in it until soft, about two minutes. Let them cool, then place them in a small bowl with the cheddar cheese and coat them with one tablespoon of the flour.

Combine the remaining flour with the baking powder and salt. Cut in the remaining butter with a pastry blender, fork or two knives, until the butter bits are pea sized.

Lightly whip two of the eggs and cream and add to the flour-butter mixture. Using a wooden spoon, fold mixture until it begins to come together.

Add the cheddar-jalapeño mixture to the dough and mix until everything is incorporated.

Turn out the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead gently for less than one minute. 

Pat dough out to a 3/4- to 1-inch thickness and either cut into 8 triangles or the shape of your choice with a biscuit cutter.

Make an egg wash by beating the remaining egg with a teaspoon of water. Brush the scones with egg wash and place on a well-oiled or parchment lined baking sheet. 

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.



Thanks for stopping by.  If you try the recipe, be sure to let me know and I'll pass it along to Tessa!!

susan



Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sebastian - a daredevil of a mouse!!

It is more than time to introduce a new mouse!  This handsome fellow is known as Sebastian.  He is a total thrill seeker.  He was recently spotted on each and every roller coaster at Cedar Point in Ohio.  All that energy spent thrill seeking generates a huge appetite and Sebastian loves to eat.  And of course, his favorite food is pizza.

Here's Sebastian....

Sebastian - a thrill seeker!!

The studio shelves are filling up with Baseboard Mice.  My brushes have been keeping me so busy, there's no time left for blogging. 

Thanks for stopping by - be sure to keep an eye out for more mice!!!  Lots more to come!

susan
www.baseboardmice.com
www.susangarriques.com

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New mouse alert!!

This sweet mouse is called Rory.  He is a gentle soul and likes nothing more than to curl with a good book and a cup of tea.  Now that fall is here, the nights are longer and perfect for reading.  Rory's favorite book is Alice in Wonderland.  He tells me that he had read it three times already and is working on the fourth.


Rory

If you think you might like to adopt Rory, just click on his photo and you'll land on the Baseboard Mice website. 

Did you read about Ella Rose in the last blog post?  Well, I need to let you know that I made her cheese straws for a reception I was attending.  Because I don't have a pastry squeezer thingy, I rolled the dough into two long cylinders about 2 inches in diameter, then put them in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours.  When I was ready to bake them, I sliced them into pieces about 1/4 of an inch thick.  They were delicious.  Now famous as "Ella Rose's Cheese Wafers".

My studio is getting filled up with little mice - they are multiplying like... well... mice.  <grin>  Be sure to stop by again soon to meet them.

susan

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I'd like you to meet Ella Rose...


Ella Rose is a Southern Belle.  She loves sweet tea on the porch on summer afternoons.  And is particularly fond of cheese straws.  In fact, I'm told that she is always asked to bring her cheese straws to parties.  


Ella Rose


While enjoying sweet tea and cheese straws on the porch earlier in the summer, Ella Rose was very generous and offered to share her cheese straw recipe here on the mouse blog.  She told me the recipe has been in her family for many generations.  

Ella Rose's Cheese Straws 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together 1 stick of room temperature butter, 2 cups of shredded extra sharp orange Cheddar Cheese (also room temperature), 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (using food processor will make this easier), until a smooth dough is formed.  (Ella Rose says it is really really important to have the ingredients at room temperature)

If you own a cookie press, attach a star tip or a flatter ridge tip, and pipe the dough in 3 inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper).

If you don't have a cookie press, chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  Roll chilled dough on a lightly floured surface till about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into 1/2" x 3" rectangles with a sharp knife. 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove to racks to cool.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you try Ella Rose's recipe, be sure to let me know.  And I'll be sure to tell Ella Rose.  

susan
www.baseboardmice.com
www.susangarriques.com


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Introducing Pippa.... a new Mouse in the House

Today I would like to introduce you to Pippa.  She's been living in my studio for a couple of months now.  I've grown quite attached to her.  But, earlier today, I promised her I would write a blog post about her, so here it is.  This one's for you, Pippa!

Pippa is a very curious mouse, which sometimes gets her into trouble. She loves baked goods, especially eclairs, and dreams of one day becoming a baker.  Her sweet tooth keeps her a bit on the pudgy side.  She keeps a tiny baker's cap and apron nearby for any opportunities to bake that might come up.  

Pippa

Pippa is available for adoption on the Baseboard Mice website - just click the image above to see which mice are available.

Since each one of the the Baseboard Mice is an original oil painting, if you have a special mouse in mind be sure to let me know.  Also, if you fall in love with a mouse that has already been adopted, I can paint another like it.  (Although it may not be exactly the same, it will be very close.)  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I enjoy sharing my mice with you all!!

susan
www.baseboardmice.com
www.susangarriques.com
susan@baseboardmice.com  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jagger - a Baseboard Mouse

After a three week road trip - with a week's prep before and nearly another week getting caught up when we returned - I'm finally back in the studio with my paints and my Baseboard Mice.  

Today I would like to introduce you to Jagger.  He's been in the studio for several months now, patiently awaiting his "big announcement" on the mouse blog.  He comes from Asheville, NC.  The French Broad River is a great place to kayak and a favorite of Jagger's.  He keeps a tiny kayak just for river adventures.  

Jagger 

If you'd like to "adopt" Jagger - just click on his image above and you'll be taken to the Adoptable Mice page of the Baseboard Mice website.  

Our road trip took us to the Four Corners area in the southwest.  There are lots of mice out that way looking for homes!!  Be sure to stop back again to meet them.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

susan